Langsett Reservoir

Langsett Reservoir sits at the north eastern edge of the Peak District National Park, less than 5 miles south west of Penistone.

Trees at Langsett Reservoir

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open for people to exercise outdoors. We ask that you follow the latest guidance on group sizes and social distancing to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Do not light any BBQs or fires and call 999 to report any uncontrolled fires that may be at risk of spreading.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

Discover stunning vistas at Langsett Reservoir 

Langsett Reservoir sits at the north eastern edge of the Peak District National Park, less than 5 miles south west of Penistone. With a capacity of over 1,400 million gallons, it is the biggest supply reservoir in the Sheffield district and also has one of the largest earth embankments in the UK.

Not only is it important in providing a supply of water for Sheffield and Barnsley; it additionally offers fantastic recreation opportunities for visitors from the local area and beyond. Walking routes weave through majestic woodlands, offer stunning vistas across the water and boast breathtaking views from a higher vantage point on Midhope Moors. Bird watchers may spot interesting species including treecreepers, owls and woodpeckers. Cyclists and horse riders are also welcome to enjoy the area following the bridleway network.

Facilities

ParkingDisabled parking  Toilets    Disabled toilet Picnic area

Activities

Walking  

Walks

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Langsett walk 3 miles 2 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

Langsett accessible walk 2.5 miles 1 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area

How to get there

By car

You can use our free Langsett Barn car park (S36 4GY) just off the A616. Alternative parking is available at Langsett Flouch car park which is further west along the A616, approximately 250 metres before the Flouch roundabout. Please be aware that there is a height barrier at this car park.


From Penistone

Follow the A638. After about 3 miles, the main road curves to the right; here turn left along Fullshaw Lane, which then becomes Gilbert Hill. You will meet the A616 after about a mile; turn right and look out for the entrance to Langsett Barn car park on your left after less than 100m.

 

Parking

There are only 62 parking spaces at Langsett Barn car park and 24 at Langsett Flouch car park which they fill up quickly most days.


By public transport

There is a bus stop 0.1 miles away opposite the Wagon and Horses pub and 1.3 miles away on Manchester Road.

Can you swim in Langsett Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Langsett Reservoir. Reservoirs are really dangerous places and have lots of dangers hidden under the surface. We don't allow anyone to swim in our reservoirs, even if you’re a great swimmer!

Why can’t you swim in Langsett Reservoir?

Langsett Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Langsett Reservoir supplies water to be treated, so there's machinery and strong currents under the water. There may also be blue-green algae, which causes rashes and severe illnesses.

Can dogs swim in Langsett Reservoir?

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Langsett Reservoir and they shouldn’t drink the water. Blue-green algae can form on the surface, which is poisonous and can kill them. There’s also dangerous machinery and strong currents under the water.

Is wild swimming allowed in Langsett Reservoir?

No, Langsett Reservoir is dangerous. Reservoirs aren't the same as natural lakes, they’re man-made and have large machinery that’s working 24/7 just below the surface. They’re also very cold, have strong currents and might have blue-green algae which causes rashes and severe illness.